Journal of momofredheads
Well I did introduce myself on the intro board about a week or so ago and I figured I would start a journal for myself and for whoever would be interested in following.
Most of my life I have been tall and average weight, I was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 17. I was rather thin in High School and then College put on some weight but had jobs that required me to be walking or on my feet for several hours a day, so keeping my weight in a healthy range was easy, I wouldn't go anywhere near as far to say I was healthy though. I loved my fast food, I loved my sweets. My mom cooked organic at home but when I was out throughout the day I wasn't eating anything organic.
Fast Forward to about 12 years ago, I quit my job as a store manager and took a more sedentary job, that is when the weight crept up rather fast. It was hard to manage it, I would workout for hours in the gym, try calorie restriction with some success but it would come back. At Christmas '00 I got engaged to my wonderful husband and our wedding was 6/01 so I was able to drop a crazy amount of weight to look nice on my wedding day, but of course after the wedding...it still came back...ballooned from 175 to 232, when my obgyn said you need to start to lose weight you are prediabetic. I cried and I changed, I dropped down to 190 and sat there for a time until I got preggo with my 1st son who is now 6.....during that pregnancy I was 265 when I gave birth. I eventually got down to about 214 over that next year and half again through CW and found myself pregnant with my 2nd son, with that pregnancy I gained only about 20lbs of which he was 10lbs of it. So losing weight after him was easy but I can never break the 200 curse as I call it.
Last year January '09 I got back up to that 232 point and had my husband take a photo of me with just a bra and underwear on and I saw how obese I really was. I cried once again and vowed to change. Only relying on CW I busted my hump excercising and doing WW I got myself down to 199 in about 4 months and then my father died a few months later....you guessed it, I packed on the weight again, only getting to 222 this time. Now May 2010 I am frustrated at 222 and order P90X picking up WW again and dropped about 13lbs but started gaining some of it back again.....completely frustrating that my body wasn't cooperating. I complained to a friend my frustrations and she led me hear.
I started PB on 9/24/10 without even fully reading the book and immediately started dropping weight. I of course have finished the book now and I am soooo happy!! PB has been a lifesaver in so many ways. I finally feel free from the viscious cycle. I feel liberated from the CW cycle. I can't believe how easy it has been to lose. I woke up this morning and I was down to 205, so that is 10lbs gone on PB and 17lbs down since August !! I am confident this will finally be the thing that breaks the 200 curse. I used to be afraid to tell people I was losing weight because I was so tired of having the yo yo weight. I am so glad not to be counting points, fat grams, calories in, calories out. I love that I am not busting my hump trying to jam in hours of workouts and having no social life as a result of all this effort. I also failed to mention this but I am a homeschooling mom, so I am thankful that I have the opportunity to change my kids patterns of carb addicts, that they are getting homemade good for them primal food and help them lead healthier lives. We would love to have a 3rd child but after a whole year of "trying" nothing has happened and I know it is the PCOS and my weight issues. I am finally feeling peace with that too knowing that I will have a much better chance at ovulating once my body is not carrying around all this visceral fat on my apple frame.
Speaking of my kids...I took them up to the football field, which is 3 blocks from our house and we ran stadium stairs for 30 minutes the other day. They had so much fun they are 6 and 4 years old. I am so glad they think this is fun before they get that mindset that being active is a pain, I hope that both my husband and I can help them remain active and fight this plague of childhood obesity. Right now both of my little boys are like string beans, tall and thin but I want them to remain healthy!!
Thanks for listening to me for those who read this so far. I will keep you all posted as to my progress. I am not really much into keeping track of my food...did that for too many years I am burnt out from food journaling
Woke up this morning and I am down to 204!! WooHoo!! I IF'd this morning we had a little field trip to a local farm for hayrides, pumpkin picking, etc and then while we were there we got some farm fresh tomatoes, peppers and apples....yummy. I cut them up for lunch the peppers and the boys are enjoying that with a little ranch dressing!! I am enjoying a nice lunch of chicken, peppers and oninons on a shishkabob with the lemon caper sauce from the BP cookbook...can I say FANTASTIC!!
Today is my lift heavy things day...so looking forward to getting into that once I straighten up this crazy messy house.
Oh I should add the boys are eating portobello pizzas with their peppers LOL. I reread that post and it made it sound like I was having some gourmet lunch and they were eating peppers LOL.
mmm Just had my fist meal of the day at 12:21pm...BAS salad with lots of olives, hardboiled eggs and tuna with mayo. Full and good to go till dinner...if I have time to have dinner. Tonight is club night for my kids so I will feed them but I am sure I won't be hungry by that point so either I will put off till we get home at 9pm and eat then or just grab some nuts and an apple for dinner, who knows we will see. It is so fantastic not to worry about food anymore or to feel like I might die if I don't eat...Now I get the rumblings and I say oh maybe I should eat and then I make something or sometimes I wait and it goes away, but it will come back after a while again.
I also love that I did some P90X today, back and biceps, I fast forwarded the warm up, went straight to the lifting heavy things portion and shut it off with out the cool down, just did some grok squats to stretch out the legs. I shaved a good 10 minutes off of that routine Tomorrow I think I am going to tabatha's, I think I will feel good enough we shall see.
My son woke up at 12:31am this morning covered in puke.....love when that happens I was up till 2am cleaning up the whole mess so I had a lot of broken sleep today but I feel good, in the past when this stuff would happen or someone would be sick I would be wasted all day and then pump myself up with lots of sugar and caffeine to get through...oh how awful that was, it felt like a constant hangover and then having 2 little boys who are very active all over the place on top of that LOL. I can't say enough about PB I am still so in love with it. I will never go back to the old way of eating!! Ever!!!
On another note I began going shampoo and soapless as of Sunday. It is going well, today i did a baking soda/acv wash and my hair is fabulous. This morning before I did the wash it was really heavy and felt heavy, didn't look too greasy. I water rinsed it Monday, Tuesday didn't have time to shower so today it was necessary, especially since I have to leave the house.
As far as deodorant, I can go about 2 days without but then a shower is necessary, if I shower everyday then I don't smell anything, even after a workout.
Hi, way to go on the progress you've made! With two little boys, you need to be feeling good -- especially with the homeschooling. My son is in his first year university, having homeschooled since halfway through grade one. I wish I had discovered PB a long time ago. He is a major grain addict and isn't persuaded that he needs to change, and as he's eating sometimes twice a day at the U, I can't help him change his mind.
What do you think your ideal weight would be? I see that you are a tall lady, as am I (6' 1"). I've always been more on the thin side, though. I can remember weighing 138 for years, but now I'm thinking that was probably too thin. Then I was 158 for quite a while, and that was probably ok. Now I'm up and down around 172 or so, and that apparently is a healthy weight for me, but I know there is a lot of excess blubber here and there. The "skinny fat" perhaps.
Anyway, just wanted to say hi and hope things continue to go well!
Hello Sanas!! A fellow homeschooler.... I know it is hard to change the kids minds and mine are still little LOL...I just don't buy the junk anymore and I am sure they will eventually forget about it. At least I am hoping. I don't know I will have to see how it goes, so far we have weeded out most of the junk in their diets.
I don't know if I go with CW about height and weight it would say I should be 155 100lbs for 5 feet and then 5lbs for every inch after that...sooo I am shooting for 160 if I go below great if I don't then I will still be happy. I can't remember being much less than 155 at times but that was probably in High School or something. The lowest adult weight I remember was about 172-175 around the time I married. I would say 170's would be fine foryou then just tone up, your body will replace the fat with muscle.
Had a great day yesterday, had my big lunch and then never had time for dinner, so at 10pm when I came home I had about a cup of pistachios and an apple. The day was going great I should add until my husband told me at 9pm that on his way home from work a deer had hit him on the way home from work....so we are down to one car, thank God nothing happened to him and thank God for insurance. So today is my last day of freedom for another month or so till we get the insurance claim dealt with and the car fixed, if it can be fixed.
This morning I woke up and I was 202 WOOHOO!! That makes 13lbs down since 9/24!! Today will end my first 3 weeks of primal and I am so excited and relieved that this part of my life is working itself out with very little effort as opposed to the way things used to go when trying to lose weight. This morning I was actually hungry for the first time in 2 weeks in the morning, so I fried up 2 over easy eggs, bacon and had some leftover veggies from last nights dinner, I will be good to go for the day I think. Don't know how dinner will work out tonight, we have cubscouts in the evening then I have to take myself and the boys to pick up my husband at work, so we won't be home until late tonight again. I think I will just feed the boys a very late lunch and I will eat something when we get back from all our errands tonight. I am sure it will all work out, it always does.
I just picked up PB book again and am going to read it a second time through. I think I have it all down but it is so much to soak in that a 2nd time around wouldn't hurt.
Oh I wanted to add one more thing, I had my first "big" cheat since going primal and that was a half of a brownie. I didn't feel guilty about it because I really have been 100% primal since the beginning and I just wanted to see if it tasted different after all this time....it tasted really too sweet and then a funny thing happened about an hour after it.......I got sooo sick to my stomach...and the brownie came right out. I HATE vomitting, I refuse to do it even with the vilest stomach bug, this was like my body taking it and throwing it out literally. I can honestly tell you that I will never eat it again, not after that feeling I had, who wants to waste an hour and half of your life in excruciating pain from some brownie....the taste so wasn't worth the pain.
Today was a hard day, the kids were fighting, it was raining and I spun circles trying to get all the stuff I needed to get done in order to be prepared to have one car for the next few weeks. With that said....eating on a day like this would have been nutso..I would have stuffed my face, but I didn't. I had the eggs and bacon that I mentioned earlier then had a late snack of a couple of mini porotbellos roasted with oil and salt with some bacon on top and a very late dinner ....like 10pm because that was the time we got home from picking my husband up at his job and dinner was a small piece of salmon, a small salad and some pistachios. Overall not so much food but I am full, now to try and wind down and get to bed. No excercise in today...didn't have time so we try again tomorrow.
Today a much better more relaxed day here at home. Been working on some homemade Turkey soup for dinner and updated my blog so it was a good day so far. Realized I haven't eaten yet.... and it is 3:17 guess it will just be dinner tonight then. Need to squeeze some moving slowly in for the day, think I will do that now while the kids are happily and busily playing some pirate adventure upstairs.